The Packard Campus Theater programs events year round, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The schedule for each month is posted approximately two weeks in advance. Short subjects are presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.
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Thursday, May 19 (7:30 p.m.)
WHAT’S UP DOC? - A CLOSE-UP OF WARNER BROS. LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, PART 1 (Warner Bros., 1932-1951)
Special guest Rick Gehr, a cartoon historian, editor, and member of the Warner Bros. animation post-production crew for nearly thirty years, will be at the Packard Campus for two special evenings to talk about and present classic Warner Bros. cartoons. Tonight’s program focuses on the “History of the Cartoon Characters,” including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner among others. Among the titles being shown are “A Wild Hare,” “Fast and Furry-ous” and “Lovelorn Leghorn.”
Color and black & white, approximately 110 minutes
Friday, May 20 (7:30 p.m.)
WHAT’S UP DOC? - A CLOSE-UP OF WARNER BROS. LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, PART 2 (Warner Bros., 1939-1957)
Cartoon historian Rick Gehr returns to present a second night of Warner Bros. animated shorts, this time examining the “History of the Cartoon Directors.” Favorite examples of the work of Friz Freleng, Tex Avery, Robert Clampett, Robert McKimson and Chuck Jones will be shown. On the play list are the live action/animation classic “You Ought To Be In Pictures” featuring Daffy Duck and Porky Pig matching wits with Producer Leon Schlesinger as himself, “Thugs With Dirty Mugs,” “Feed the Kitty,” and “What’s Opera, Doc?”
Color, approximately 110 minutes
Saturday, May 21 (2 p.m.)
A TRIBUTE TO DENNIS R. ATKINSON
Many individuals have made generous donations of motion pictures to The Library of Congress throughout the years and tonight we honor one of those donors, Dennis R. Atkinson. Beginning in 1969, Atkinson has endowed the Library with more than 350 titles in both nitrate and safety film and in 35mm and 16mm formats. To this end, we celebrate Atkinson’s collection and enthusiasm, which continues unabated to this day with four rarely seen silent films that have been preserved by the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab. They are the 1926 Action Pictures Western “Twisted Triggers” starring Wally Wales (aka Hal Taliaferro) and Jean Arthur and three comedy shorts: “Starvation Blues” (1925), “Bungalow Love” (1921), and “Ko Koo Kids” (1922). Silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis will be on hand to provide live musical accompaniment for the program.
Black & white, approximately 120 minutes
Thursday, May 26 (7:30 p.m.)
SINK THE BISMARCK! (20th Century-Fox, 1960)
The true story of the Royal Navy’s chase and sinking of Nazi Germany's most powerful warship, the Bismarck, is chronicled in this British drama based on the book “Last Nine Days of the Bismarck” by C. S. Forester. Although war films were common in the 1960s, “Sink the Bismarck!” something of an anomaly, as much of its time is devoted to the unsung back-room planners as much as on the combatants themselves. Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Mohner and Laurence Naismith are featured in the cast of “Sink the Bismarck!” which is being screened as a tribute to the 75th anniversary of the actual event.
Black & white, 97 minutes
Wednesday, June 1 (7:30 p.m.)
LOVE HAPPY (United Artists, 1949)
Marilyn Monroe had one of her earliest screen appearances in this, the Marx Brothers 15th and final film. In a brief scene, the then-unknown starlet asks detective Grunion (Groucho Marx) for help, saying seductively, “Some men are following me.” Though her screen time lasted only a minute, Monroe was upgraded to co-star billing with the comedy team when “Love Happy” was re-released in the mid-1950s. Originally conceived as a solo vehicle for Harpo Marx, the studio insisted it had to be a Marx Brothers picture after recent re-issues of their earlier films had done great business at the box-office. David Miller helmed the re-written script in which the Brothers help young Broadway hopefuls while thwarting diamond thieves. Also in the cast are Chico Marx, Ilona Massey, Vera-Ellen, Raymond Burr and Eric Blore.
Black & white, 85 minutes
Friday, June 3 (7:30 p.m.)
MONKEY BUSINESS (20th Century-Fox, 1952)
Cary Grant and director Howard Hawks paired up for their fifth and final film - a screwball comedy that is somewhat reminiscent of their 1938 classic “Bringing up Baby.” Grant plays absent-minded chemist Dr. Barnaby Fulton whose lab chimp accidentally concocts an elixir of youth. Shenanigans ensue after the professor and later his wife (Ginger Rogers) take a dose of the potion. Marilyn Monroe is particularly effective in a small role. Writer/director Peter Bogdanovich wrote in a 2012 review: “Especially memorable are the sequences featuring Grant with Marilyn Monroe in her first really successful comedy performance as aging professor Charles Coburn’s ultra-nubile secretary.”
Black & white, 97 minutes
Saturday, June 4 (7:30 p.m.)
THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (MGM, 1950)
John Huston's brilliant crime drama contains the recipe for a meticulously planned robbery, but the cast of criminal characters features one too many bad apples. Sam Jaffe, as the twisted mastermind, uses cash from corrupt attorney Emmerich (Louis Calhern) to assemble a group of skilled thugs to pull off a jewel heist. All goes as planned — until an alert night watchman and a corrupt cop enter the picture. Marilyn Monroe has a memorable bit part as Emmerich's "niece." The film also stars Sterling Hayden, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore and John McIntyre. It was added to the National Film Registry in 2008.
Black & white, 112 minutes
Friday, June 10 (7:30 p.m.)
GASLIGHT (MGM, 1944)
Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer star in this classic chiller about a man who slowly manipulates his wife into believing she is going insane. This second adaptation of Patrick Hamilton's 1938 play “Gas Light” (a British production was released in 1940) was directed by George Cukor. It received seven Oscar nominations including Best Picture and won two – Best Art Direction and Best Actress for Bergman. Angela Lansbury, making her film debut, was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Also notable in the supporting cast are Joseph Cotten and Dame May Whitty.
Black & white, 114 minutes
Saturday, June 11 (2 p.m.)
Ratatouille (Disney-Pixar, 2007)
Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is a French rat with great ambitions of becoming a chef who forms an unusual alliance with Linguini (Lou Romano), a young kitchen worker at a famous Parisian restaurant. The film, co-written and directed by Brad Bird, was nominated for five Oscars including Best Original Screenplay and Best Animated Film. Among the cast of voice actors are Ian Holm, Janeane Garofalo, and Peter O'Toole as Anton Ego, a restaurant critic.
Color, 111 minutes
Saturday, June 11 (7:30 p.m.)
PURPLE RAIN (Warner Bros., 1984)
Prince stars as “The Kid,” a young Minneapolis musician, in this semi-autobiographical story. Facing an abusive situation at home, the Kid must contend with a rival musician who is trying to steal his new girlfriend Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero), a beautiful newcomer to the Minneapolis music scene. Also featured in the cast are Morris Day and Clarence Williams III. Most of the songs in the film were recorded live. “Purple Rain” won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and Prince won two Grammy Awards in 1985 for the soundtrack album from the film. The soundtrack album was named to the National Recording Registry in 2012.
Color, 111 minutes
Thursday, June 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Silent Movie Double Feature
WHISPERING SHADOWS (Peerless Feature, 1921)
After attending a séance, a young couple deals with the question of whether the dead have the power to warn their loved ones of impending danger. This unusual picture took six months to make and is based upon Walter Hackett’s play “The Invisible Foe.” The film was directed by Emile Chautard and stars Lucy Cotton, Charles A. Stevenson, Philip Merivale and Robert Barrat.
Black & white, 70 minutes
THAT MODEL FROM PARIS (Tiffany Productions, 1926)
This rarely seen film is a Cinderella story where a plain-looking cashier is compelled to pose as a model from Paris who knows no English while working in a fashionable salon. Based upon the short story “The Right to Live” by Governeur Morris, this comedy was directed by Louis J. Gasnier. It stars Marceline Day, Bert Lytell, Ward Crane and Eileen Percy. Both films will be shown in rare 28 mm prints and will be introduced by Dino Everett, archivist of the Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive at USC. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Andrew Simpson on the Walker theater organ.
Black & white, 70 minutes
Friday, June 17 (7:30 p.m.)
HUSBANDS AND WIVES (Gaumont, 1920)
A pampered Northern heiress marries a young Southerner who is proud of his heritage and his hard work ethic. She loves beautiful gowns and excitement, and has difficulty conforming to his idea of what a wife should be. Directed by Joseph Levering, the film stars Vivian Martin and Hugh Thompson. Two short films will be shown before the feature: Georges Méliès' “The Triple Headed Lady” (1902) and the latest installment of Eric Grayson’s restoration of “The King of the Kongo, Chapter Six” (1929). Philip Carli will provide live musical accompanied on the Walker theater organ for the silent feature and short.
Black & white, approximately 130 minute program
Saturday, June 18 (7:30 p.m.) – At the State Theatre in Culpeper
Silent Movie Double Feature
THE BRIDE’S PLAY (Paramount, 1922)
Marion Davies stars as Aileen Barrett, an educated Irish lass of refinement, who is well versed in the folk-tales of her native land. Aileen is a sweet, kind-natured girl, helpful to the poor and instructive and gentle to the young. Her father, John Barrett, dies while Aileen is still at school, leaving her a comfortable fortune. Her loveliness attracts both an earnest, rich wooer as well as a young Dublin poet. When the ancient custom of “The Bride’s Play” is revived at her wedding, Aileen must choose between the two men. Directed by George Terwilliger, the romantic drama also features Wyndham Standing, Frank Shannon and Jack O’Brien in the cast. This is the premier screening of a new Library of Congress preservation of this Davies vehicle that William Randolph Hearst produced under his own company, Cosmopolitan Productions.
Black & white, 86 minutes
BELL BOY 13 (Associated First National, 1923)
Harry Elrod is a happy young man who looks forward to marrying his sweetheart and coming into his inheritance. His uncle Ellrey attempts to match him with other less appealing marriage prospects and then disinherits Harry when he is not interested. Harry takes a job at a hotel as a bell hop which causes much chaos to ensue. Directed by William Seiter, this comedy stars Douglas MacLean, Margaret Loomis, and John Steppling. This screening at the State Theatre is open to the public and there will be an admission charge of $10. Tickets will be available at the door.
Black & white, 65 minutes
Friday, June 24 (7:30 p.m.)
THE NORTH STAR (RKO, 1943)
Designed to gather sympathy for the Russian people and strengthen American support for the U.S. government's alliance with the Soviet Union during World War II, Lewis Milestone's 1943 drama focuses on the people of a tranquil Soviet farming collective in 1941 whose lives are shattered following a violent invasion by the Germans. Scripted by Lillian Hellman, with cinematography by James Wong Howe, the film features a stellar cast including Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, Walter Huston, Erich von Stroheim, Walter Brennan and Farley Granger in his film debut. “The North Star” was condemned by some as Communist propaganda, but it had its supporters among prominent film critics as well. Nominated for six Academy Awards, it is a fascinating blend of politics and melodrama. A comedy short is scheduled to precede the feature.
Black & white, 108 minute feature, plus shorts
Saturday, June 25 (2 p.m.)
RUGGLES OF RED GAP (Paramount, 1935)
Charles Laughton, known for such serious roles as Emperor Nero, King Henry XIII and later as the 1935 Captain Bligh, takes on comedy in this tale of an English manservant won in a poker game by American Charlie Ruggles, a member of Red Gap, Washington's extremely small social elite. Laughton, in understated valet fashion, worriedly responds: "North America, my lord. Quite an untamed country I understand." However, once in America, he finds not uncouth backwoodsmen, but rather a more egalitarian society that soon has Laughton reciting the Gettysburg Address, catching the American spirit and becoming a successful businessman. Aided by comedy stalwarts ZaSu Pitts, Mary Boland and Roland Young, Laughton really shows his acting range and pulls off comedy directed by Leo McCarey perfectly. “Ruggles of Red Gap” was named to the National Film Registry in 2014. A comedy short and a cartoon are scheduled to precede the feature.
Black & white, 90 minute feature plus shorts
Saturday, June 25 (7:30 p.m.)
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Warner Bros., 1951)
In this outstanding production of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize play directed by Elia Kazan, Vivien Leigh portrays the fragile schoolteacher Blanche DuBois who leaves her hometown under mysterious circumstances to stay with her pregnant sister Stella (Kim Hunter) in New Orleans. Marlon Brando gave a stand-out performance as Stella’s brutish husband Stanley who resents Blanche's presence and accuses her of squandering the family inheritance. Nominated for twelve Academy Awards and winner of four, “A Streetcar Named Desire” was added to the National Film Registry in 1999 and the original soundtrack recording from the film with music composed by Alex North was added to the National Recording Registry in 2015.
Black & white, 122 minutes
Last Updated: 05/16/2016